Strathallan School, near Perth - 26th September 2016
Dean Dunbar is an inspiration to my son and our family. My son is 14 years old and registered blind. Like Dean his vision started failing at just 9 years old. We met Dean and his wife this year through our mutual love of sport. Dean came to my son's school today to talk to his peer group about what it is like to be visually impaired and how my son's friends can support him round school. Dean was imaginative, thoughtful, humorous and insightful, in how he put ideas across to other 14 year old boys and girls. (of which there were about 70) He was also inspirational in that he demonstrated that just because you have a disability it doesn't have to stop you doing daring and adventurous things.
Thank you Dean and guide dog Stumpy for sharing your philosophy and enthusiasm for life.
Sports Coach & Tutor
Strathallan School - https://www.strathallan.co.uk/
Dean's talk was a breath of fresh air it was funny, inspiring, motivational and sensitive at the same time. The feedback from the audience was very positive, it made us all stop and think about the small challenges we have to face in comparison to Dean. We also enjoyed the short films Dean showed and we all left invigorated and inspired.
The Grampian Club - http://www.grampianclub.org.uk
"I thought your talk was a great balance of humour and information – and enough of your story to whet people’s appetite to hear more."
"The audience found your talk to be inspiring and motivating."
GrowBiz – Business and Enterprise Support - http://growbiz.co.uk/
We all thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, were motivated and moved by it.
Perth Triathlon Club - www.perthtriclub.com
Dean gave a talk last night at the Buxton Adventure Festival. He was excellent. Professional, animated, informative, and interesting. The audience loved the self-deprecatory humour, and feedback after the show was unanimously excellent.
Organiser of the Buxton Adventure Festival
Taken from a forwarded email
"I like the way he puts his enthusiasm across and easily gets the audience to feel close to him like we're all friends."
Official photographer at the Dundee Mountain Film Festival
Firstly, let me say it was an absolute privilege for Round Tablers to meet you and Rhona and to hear of your life story and your adventures along the way, to date. Your friendliness and warmth of personality light up the room.
You are clearly a leader of men, as you had each of us mesmerised and in awe at your story. Your command of language and skill of narration throughout your talk and VT displays was consummate with any professional talk I have ever heard.
As in life, you were straight out the blocks from the start and you energised and enthused members throughout your time with us.
Your personable, informal style masks a true professional at work in both content and in style.
You won many a friend last night, and much more inspired members to look at their own life's and their own achievements with many considering how they can adopt, adapt and improve through your testimony and example.
You are as nice as you are exceptional and Perth Strathearn Round Table wish you our friendship and every success in all your future adventures!
Perth Strathearn Round Table
Dean’s inspiring presentation to our audience at the Fort William Mountain Festival in February 2015 was one to remember. Fascinating … inspirational … funny … extreme! This insight into how Dean interprets the world was brilliant as he recounted his adventure of being the first registered blind person to paddle the Caledonian Canal over its entire length on a Stand-up Paddle board.
A truly engaging speaker who’s energy and optimism on life’s adventure is infectious.
Paul Kelly and Tina Davenport
Fort William Mountain Festival
‘At Design in Action we are always looking for great speakers to deliver inspiring and insightful talks to our audiences. Dean Dunbar was a great asset to our outdoor sport themed event, where he spoke to a large audience made up of businesses, academics and designers. Through his talk, he was able to inspire every single person in the room by telling his story of bravery, excitement and his passion for extreme sport. Dean Dunbar is one of the best public speakers I have ever come across and am privileged to have met.’
Design in Action
University of Dundee
As Head of Enterprise for The Scotsman Publications, we organised a major event called Outdoor Pursuits, in both 2012 and 2013. This event was targeted at anyone interested in the outdoors, and our objective was to put on a show that would attract visitors from the Central Belt of Scotland.
One of the most important elements of the show was the interactive sessions and presentations which we felt added great value in addition to the various exhibitors that attended the show.
In 2012, we invited Dean Dunbar to be one of our key speakers. We felt that his background and great enthusiasm for doing "All things Extreme" would be a perfect fit for our visitors, and would certainly provide an insight into a different element of "Outdoor Pursuits"
Dean proved to be a fantastic success with our visitors, His was one of the most attended presentations throughout the weekend. He delivered his presentation with enthusiasm, passion and professionalism, and was certainly an inspiration to all who listened.
We were so impressed with Dean at our first show, that we invited him to attend our second show in 2013.
Dean once more proved to be a great success, again attracting high numbers to his presentations.
He is a professional, inspiring speaker that has the ability to inject enthusiasm into his presentations.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Dean as a key speaker in similar events.
Head of Enterprise for The Scotsman Publications